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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Alternate Names : IBS, Spastic Colon

Irritable Bowel Syndrome | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Since the cause of irritable bowel syndrome is not clear, it may be difficult to prevent. The following steps may help:

  • watching caloric intake
  • eating a diet low in fat
  • avoiding gas-producing foods, caffeine, and alcohol
  • monitoring fiber intake
  • reducing stress and learning stress management techniques
  • What are the long-term effects of the condition?

    Irritable bowel syndrome does not appear to damage the stomach or intestines. The long-term effects are often associated with stress and frustration over the symptoms.

    What are the risks to others?

    Irritable bowel syndrome is not contagious and poses no risk to others.

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    Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Reviewer: Melissa Sanders, PharmD
    Date Reviewed: 07/05/01

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